Cumbria is a non-metropolitan county in North West England.
The county and Cumbria County Council, its local authority, came
into existence in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act
1972. Cumbria's largest settlement and county town is Carlisle and
the only other major urban area is Barrow-in-Furness on the
south-western tip of the county which has a population just slightly
smaller than Carlisle.